We don't have a straightforward yes or no answer, but we do have some easy tips to help avoid this frustrating problem.

By Alyssa Brown
November 12, 2019

Selecting calligraphy for your wedding invitations is one of the most exciting tasks. Why? Because it's the first time all the plans you've made start to feel like they're real and your big day is just around the corner. When choosing a style, your calligrapher will usually offer a list of examples that align with your wedding aesthetic. Some lettering styles may feel very simple and minimalist while others utilize severe angles and embellishments. If you're worried about a calligraphy style being too hard for postal service workers and machines to read, don't risk it. While it's unlikely that all of your invitations would get lost in the mail, having that added level of anxiety when sending out these carefully designed cards is usually best avoided. Instead of using the most ornate calligraphy to address your invitations, here are some alternative options.

Use a combination of handwriting styles.

Wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events says, "If you're worried that a style might be too ornate, you can compromise by having your guests' names done in the very ornate calligraphy, but choose a less flourished calligraphy for the street address, city, and zip code." Your calligrapher should be able to talk you through fonts and styles that are complementary, and that work well together in this capacity. A smart combination of styles can help ease the worry about invitations getting lost in the mail.

Save the ornate calligraphy for another element of décor.

Nichols says, "Save the dramatic calligraphy for more of your wedding-day pieces." You might fall in love with a flourished or more romantic style of writing while working with your calligrapher, and that may be better used in a larger format that makes it easier to read, like a ceremony banner or directional signage at the wedding. You might ask your calligrapher to use this style of writing to write your names and wedding date on the cover of your guest book or wedding album. Or, you might opt to have your calligrapher create a large menu board with the dinner offerings listed in the ornate style. Once you get to the phase of planning when you're thinking about all the wedding-day signage and paper materials, it's a good time to call your calligrapher and discuss creative ways to incorporate your favorite font into the décor.


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